The Scion FR-S has been in development with fellow automakers, Subaru and Toyota for some time now, and everyone at Toyota of New Orleans is counting down the days until the production model's official debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in December. The Japanese automaker has already shown off a slew of concept models that have the masses drooling with anticipation, and now a mere month before unveiling, Scion has let the editors at Edmunds Inside Line take the prototype for a spin.
What was the consensus upon taking a seat behind the wheel? To say that it was positive would be a severe understatement! The editors praised the vehicle for its nimble handling, feisty acceleration, and fun six-speed manual transmission.
In fact, one editor even noted that it feels like "a poor man's Porsche"1. However, parent company, Scion has a very different image in mind for the vehicle. More specifically, a spokesperson for the company says, "Sports cars have gotten boring," while noting that, "they're only interested in going fast."2
That, of course, isn't to say that the Scion FR-S can't go fast. Rather, it packs an impressive 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine under the hood that can crank out 197 horsepower in the blink of an eye. Combine that with the vehicle's light weight of 2,822 lbs and rear-wheel drive platform, and it's easy to see that the coupe lacks little in the way of performance.
The statement seems to be more of a jab at supposed luxury and exotic automaker's whose offerings are generally more a status symbol than a reliable everyday vehicle. The FR-S is looking to be something of both, and judging from this test run, it's succeeding!
Of course, for final judgment, we'll simply have to wait for the official production model to be unveiled in Tokyo this December. Toyota Scion, located at 13150 I-10 Service Road New Orleans, LA 70128, promises to keep you up to date with any news concerning the FR-S leading up to and following its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, so make sure to stay tuned!